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Safety in Offshore Drilling Campaigns

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has developed an Offshore Competency Training Program aimed at those organizations working in maritime drilling.

A copy of the program is available by clicking here.

Crazy train track therapy

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A new health craze is sweeping through Jakarta in Indonesia in which poverty-stricken people are lying across train tracks in the mistaken belief that electricity supposedly in the rails will cure them of a range of afflictions.

In fact, the train tracks carry no electrical current and the people are more likely to be killed if they get hit by a train.

The crazy behaviour is supposed to have started when word spread about a sick ethnic Chinese man who attempted to commit suicide on the tracks but was "miraculously" cured instead.

Authorities in Indonesia are currently trying to stamp out this crazy behaviour.

To view a video of the train-track craze, simply click here.


Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health

Graham Marshall - Monday, August 29, 2011

Workplaces subject to atmospheres which may be immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) require special respiratory protection programs to be in place.

An IDLH atmosphere is one in which the atmosphere poses an immediate threat to life, would cause irreversible negative health effects, or would impair an individuals ability to escape from danger.

IDLH atmospheres include those containing less than 19.5 per cent oxygen and those containing known or suspected toxic contaminants.

Employers who control workplaces subject to IDLH atmospheres must provide workers with the following respiratory protection measures where they are exposed to IDLH environments:

1. Full-face-piece pressure demand self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that is certified for air supply for 30 minutes or more;

2.  Combination full-face-piece pressure demand supplied air respirators with auxiliary self-contained air supply; and

3.  Annual fit testing must be conducted for any employee who is required to wear either a positive or negative pressure tight fitting face piece respirator during the course of their work duties.

Safety Alert on Telehandlers

Jay Stansell - Sunday, August 28, 2011
Variable reach trucks, commonly known as Telehandlers are versatile and useful tools for completing a variety of jobs in a cross-section of industries.

At the Risk Tool Box, however, we are aware of at least three fatal accidents involving operators of Telehandlers who have been killed when they have leant through damaged or missing side windows and then been struck and pinned by the boom.

Today's post is a warning to all operators and owners of Telehandlers to ensure that the safety critical side-window on the boom-side of the Telehandler is securely in place prior to any Telehandler activity.



The incident happened in the highlands area of Scotland when the operator of the variable reach truck was leaning through a missing side window on the boom-side of telehandler.

As he adjusted the mirror through the open window, his knee accidently touched the lever that operated the boom, which lowered causing fatal crush injuries.  The operator had made a request to the employer to fix the window but it had not been done.

The operator was just 36 years old when he was killed on the job.

The company involved in the accident pleaded guilty to a prosecution brought by the UK HSE and was fined 266,000 GB Pounds (roughly $500,000).


The window on the boom-side of variable reach trucks is designated as safety-critical equipment as it is designed as a guard to prevent operator access to the boom.
If the glass screen is broken or missing, operators are at grave and elevated risk of being involved in a fatal incidents.

In order to control the risk, it is imperative that owners, supplier and operators of Telehandlers implement the following controls:

  • Remove from use any Telehandler with damaged side windows and ensure the glass is replaced.
  • Warn operators of Telehandlers of the dangers of operating their machines with the side screen broken or missing;
  • Operators should immediately report damage to side windows as soon as it occurs, and stop the job until the window is replaced.
  • Operators should also carry out daily checks of the condition of the cab windows prior to starting work each day.




Helicopter Passenger Safety Information

Graham Marshall - Saturday, August 27, 2011
Over the last few  weeks I've noticed a big number of hits on my safety blog regarding the post I made on 22nd July 2011 about the Super Pumer Helicopter crash involving Eni Australia employees at Port Keats (Wadeye Onshore Gas Plant).

A number of posts to the blog have been in regard to asking about passenger protocols for helicopter transits.

A number of years ago, at the request of Woodside Energy Ltd, I worked with a small team of other HSE folks from Woodside to develop a JSA covering the main passenger behaviours and controls to assist in safer helio-transits.

The JSA is one of the 46 others available within the JSA Manual advertised directly below this blog post.



Safety moment - remember to buckle up!

Graham Marshall - Friday, August 26, 2011
Funny!  Click here to view.

Safety moment - wear your seat belt

Graham Marshall - Thursday, August 25, 2011
A great little video and nice music that makes the point about wearing your seatbelt.

Make it a safety moment today.

To watch, simply click here.

Safety moment - please don't text

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Another short road safety video to share as a safety moment or in a tool-box talk.

It would be particularly useful for young female workers.

Simply click here to access the video.

Safety moment - where do you belong?

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Here is another short but excellent safety video to use as a safety moment or during a tool box talk.

Simply click here to access the advert.


Safety moment - driving whilst texting

Graham Marshall - Monday, August 22, 2011
Throughout this coming week I'm posting links to my favourite safety adverts from the Safety Scholars Campaign promoted by Bridgestone Tyres.

These videos are all excellent high quality offerings and they make excellent "safety moments" or short tool-box talk items.

Today I'll start off with a thought-provoking advert that raised awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

Simply click here to access the video.


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